Photoessay: hard line

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Great light and crazy architecture one morning in Tokyo – best to make the most of it. I thought of hitting multiple destinations, but the truth is anybody who’s been to Tokyo will know there’s so much of interest architecturally everywhere that it doesn’t really matter where you go. I suspect this is because underlying land costs in Tokyo are so high that anything you put up on the site will be (relatively) cheap in comparison; unlike in other parts of the world where construction is equal to or greater than the real estate. Even straightforward buildings have a personification of that Japanese obsession for imperfection, and as a result usually sport one or more very nice details to break pattern. Okay, I just can’t help myself: I like graphic subjects. MT

With the exception of one image (D850), this series was shot with a Nikon Z7 and 24-70/4 S. No post processing, just the monochrome picture control from the Z7/D850 profile pack…

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  1. Paul James says:

    No post professing? Wow. Impressive! Beautiful photos.

  2. Kristian Wannebo says:

    Aah … 🙂 !
    When fantastic architecture meets a very creative photographer…

    The fitting clouds in #1…
    ( Clouds à la Magritte wouldn’t have suited so well, or? 😉 )

    Those window reflections (in #2) of much older buildings under strange pillar structures (vents?) – the history of a city!

    Not to forget the fantastic created geometries in #5 ,6 and 15-18!

    Btw., the timely shadow on the corner in the next to last photo, well planned or was it just there? 🙂

    My favourits? Most of them!

  3. jean pierre (pete) guaron says:

    I love your architecture work, your exploitation of “harsh” light, and the way you incorporate reflections into some of these shots. Great post – thanks for sharing them with us, Ming. ☺

    • Thanks! Shadows and reflections are just as ‘solid’ as physical objects once everything gets compressed to two dimensions…

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